France

With more than 50 lawyers and consultants in our France group, our International practice includes extensive experience in France.

We have several lawyers licensed and active in France, who practice in Paris, Brussels and London. We also have a substantial number of our lawyers, consultants and staff who speak French. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages.

Overview

McGuireWoods’ depth of experience in France derives, as we say above, from the fact that a number of our lawyers are licensed and active in France and also from the strong connections we have built with France over several years by serving French clients in France, and those wishing to do business outside France, from our Belgian, US and UK offices.

Our ties with France are enhanced through close collaboration with French firm KGA, with whom we have a nonexclusive cooperation agreement that is approved by the Paris bar. We also collaborate with other firms, including fellow members of legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi.

Our lawyers licensed in France specialise in assisting clients on issues relating to Technology and Outsourcing (IT contracts, cloud computing, licensing agreements, e-commerce, etc.); Data Privacy and Security (compliance, data protection, transfer of data outside the EU/EEA, processing of sensitive data, etc.); Intellectual Property (trademarks, copyright, design protection, databases and software protection, etc.); Entertainment and Leisure (gambling, sports, etc.); and International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration.

In addition, one of our partners teaches at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II (International IP arbitration and mediation) and at the Université de Strasbourg (Software patents). These academic positions enable McGuireWoods to use a valuable network of expertise in France.

Our cooperation with KGA complements our increasingly global client base with an expertise in transportation, aerospace and defense and biotech.

We also work closely with other French firms, including fellow members of global legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi, to provide the most extensive options to our clients where matters require specific French law advice which we cannot provide ourselves.

The firm assists French companies that wish to expand their presence in the US and Europe, and counsels non-French companies wishing to develop a footprint in France. In addition, we advise many companies on the everyday aspects of doing business with France, advising on a range of matters, including cross-border taxation.

Through McGuireWoods Consulting, our full-service public affairs subsidiary, we also provide French companies with assistance on government relations matters in the US, and also help them have a voice in shaping US legislation affecting their businesses and industries. McGuireWoods Consulting is located in Washington, D.C., and numerous US state capitals, as well as in Europe.

Our lawyers and consultants maintain relationships with the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in France, the French Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, the Franco British Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several French scientific associations, such as the Institute of Research in Intellectual Property, which is a joint venture between the Paris Chamber of Commerce and the University of Paris II.

CONTACTS

Paul Van den Bulck Partner T: +32 2 629 42 39 Email
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Center of Mediation and Arbitration of Paris

Mediator at the Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Paris.
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Consultant company

Advising a consultant company on IT breach tests and audits.
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Data protection and Roadlog device

Advise to a U.S. company on data protection compliance concerning the data generated in the EU by a Roadlog device for trucks.
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Food and beverage company

Advice to a food and beverage company on data transfers for a U.S. discovery procedure.
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French manufacturing facility

Acquisition of a French manufacturing facility and its related consumer products business.
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French operating subsidiary

Tax efficient long-term financing for a French operating subsidiary.
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French satellite radio operator

Representing a French satellite radio operator as stakeholder before the European Commission.
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Gambling operator

Representation of a gambling operator in a case against a French horse betting operator concerning its bad faith registration of 16 trademarks.
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Gambling operators

Advice to gambling operators on exploitation rights on sports events.
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Gambling operators

Representation of gambling operators in a dozen litigations brought against sportsmen, sports teams and national sports federations in relation to the use of images, trademarks and names for the promotion of betting activities.
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Gambling operators

Advice to gambling operators concerning license regime and competition issues.
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German company

Representing a German company in litigation before the French courts concerning the construction in France of a waste recycling unit.
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International companies

Advice to international companies on their European trademark portfolio.
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International companies

Advice to international companies on data protection issues (compliance, transfer of data outside the EU/EEA, processing of sensitive data, etc.).
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International company

Advice to an international company regarding the termination of a sponsorship agreement with an athlete.
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IT SAP consultant

Representing an IT SAP consultant in a dispute with a French listed company relating to the implementation of SAP solutions.
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Manufacturer of blades and cutting tools

Representation of a manufacturer of blades and cutting tools against a cosmetic company concerning trademark infringement issues.
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Organizers of international congresses and entertainment events

Advice on IP issues to organizers of international congresses and entertainment events.
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Software company

Representing a software company in summary proceedings against an IT services company in relation to the use of software by French public libraries (administration, universities, etc.).
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Various clients

Advice to clients on all aspects of IT projects (development, maintenance, service level agreement, license, cloud computing, electronic signature, electronic payment, etc.).
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Hubert André-Dumont Hubert André-Dumont
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 60
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Yongqing Bao
Associate
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 24
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Howard Feller Howard Feller
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4393
F: +1 804 698 2051
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Matthew Hall Matthew Hall
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 34
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Coraline Fourniols Coraline F. Knights
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom
Email
T: +44 20 7632 1645
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Raphael Krowicki Raphael Krowicki
Associate
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 50
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Dan Peyton Daniel L. Peyton
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom
Email
T: +44 20 7632 1667
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Robert B Rakison Robert B. Rakison
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom
Email
T: +44 20 7632 1620
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Maria Rasmussen Maria P. Rasmussen
Senior Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4334
F: +1 804 698 2212
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Vivian Robinson QC Vivian Robinson QC
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom
Email
T: +44 20 7632 1732
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Timothy Speelman Timothy Speelman
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 54
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Andrew Thornton-Dibb Andrew P. Thornton-Dibb
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom
Email
T: +44 20 7632 1636
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Paul Van den Bulck Paul Van den Bulck
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels
Email
T: +32 2 629 42 39
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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Speaking Engagement

C5’s 2nd Forum on International Trade Disputes

October 11-12, 2016
Brussels
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Being successful in EU trade defense investigations

June 24, 2016
Beijing
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The Union Customs Code in Belgium

April 21, 2016
Brussels
Speaking Engagement

ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

April 6, 2016
Washington, DC
Speaking Engagement

A Session with the Chief Economist of the EU Commission DG Comp

January 11, 2016
ABA Audio Conference
Speaking Engagement

Forum on International Trade Disputes

Managing Trade Defence and the Barriers to Your Trade in Europe

October 20, 2015
Brussels
Speaking Engagement

UKTI Benelux Series 2015

Understanding and benefitting from the new EU rules for online retail

July 2, 2015
Webinar
Speaking Engagement

ITechLaw Asia-Pacific Conference

January 29, 2015
Bangalore
Speaking Engagement

Safeguarding the Right to Data Protection in the EU

The role of the national and European courts

October 30, 2014
Speaking Engagement

Antitrust Regulation in Russia

Private litigations

October 13, 2014
Brussels
Speaking Engagement

Résoudre les conflits en propriété intellectuelle par la médiation

September 12, 2014
Paris
Speaking Engagement

Post-Annual Leadership Training

Developments in Civil Litigation in the EU

August 14, 2014
Speaking Engagement

Summer Course on EU and WTO Trade Law

In the Spotlight: The EU, US and China – Overview of Chinese subsidy schemes countervailed by the EU

July 7-10, 2014
Trier
Speaking Engagement

Global E-commerce Summit 2014 Pre-Conference: e-Regulations & e-Privacy

June 16-18, 2014
Barcelona
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Legal Alert

In On the Act: First Antitrust Class Action Launched in the UK

Class Action Countermeasures
June 27, 2016
Legal Alert

To BREXIT or Not to BREXIT? That is the Question.

But What are the Consequences?

June 21, 2016
Legal Alert

WP 29 Expresses Concerns About EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Password Protected
April 13, 2016
Legal Alert

McGuireWoods Succeeds in Obtaining the Annulment of Anti-Dumping Duties for China Solar Co.

The Energy & Environment Investor
March 23, 2016
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